Phil Lyons MBE, Chief Executive of the National Holocaust Centre and Museum said:

"The trustees and staff of the National Holocaust Centre and Museum are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Professor David Cesarani. As a leading academic specialising in Jewish history and in particular the Holocaust, Professor Cesarani was held in high esteem by the founders of the Centre and by the current trustees and staff. David worked closely with survivors of the Holocaust to encourage them to share their testimonies, and was about to participate in the Centre’s Interactive Survivor Testimony Project by supporting question generation for Kitty Hart-Moxon’s testimony. David was recently invited to join the Centre’s Academic Advisory Board to bring his expertise of Holocaust education and to advise the Centre on its future strategy. Our thoughts are with Professor Cesarani’s family at this difficult time."

Dr James Smith, President, National Holocaust Centre and Museum said:

"We are devastated by the untimely loss of David Cesarani. He was one of the World's most eminent and respected Holocaust historians. He was also a true friend. He leaves behind an incredible legacy - in books, in documentaries, in the insights he brought to so many students, and in his contribution to Britain's remembrance of the Holocaust. May that legacy live on, continuing to inspire and change the World for the better."

To listen to Dr James Smith give a moving tribute to David Cesarani on the BBC's Today Programme on Monday 26th October click here (it starts from 02:37:00).